Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Spoon Parable

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like. "

The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the
doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew in which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back
into their mouths.

The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.
The Lord said, "You have seen Hell."

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly
the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the
large pot of stew in which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The holy man said, "I don't understand."
It is simple" said the Lord, "it requires but one skill. You
see, they have learned to feed each other. While the greedy
think only of themselves. "A friend is someone who reaches for your hand, and touches your heart."

"People say true friends must always hold hands, but true
friends don't need to hold hands because they know the other hand will always be there...."

Thank you for your friendship in my life .. pass it on!


Peggy said...

Very nice Bri!

tamara said...

I like that. I have never heard that before. This is just what we are teaching our son. That he needs to think of others first and not himself.

Aunt Gayle said...

Once again, I truly enjoy each time you write.... I love you Baby Boy...